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Halloumi With Chilli

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Introduction

I love the punchy saltiness of halloumi and find it an invaluable standby, since it can be kept in its pack in the fridge for months. This is one of the many ways I cook it, and the confetti of red pepper gives glamour and heat.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

I love the punchy saltiness of halloumi and find it an invaluable standby, since it can be kept in its pack in the fridge for months. This is one of the many ways I cook it, and the confetti of red pepper gives glamour and heat.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

Halloumi With Chilli
Photo by Francesca Yorke

Ingredients

Makes: about 30 halloumi bites

Metric Cups
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, deseeded fresh red chillies
  • 60 millilitres extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 grams halloumi (sliced medium thin, i.e., just under half a centimetre / 1/8 inch)
  • juice of ¼ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, deseeded fresh red chiles
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound halloumi (sliced medium thin, i.e., just under half a centimetre / 1/8 inch)
  • juice of ¼ lemon

Method

  1. Mix the chopped chilli and olive oil in a small bowl or cup and leave the flavours to deepen while you cook the cheese.
  2. I use a non-stick frying pan for this, without any oil, and just give the cheese slices about 2 minutes a side until they're golden-brown in parts.
  3. When all the slices of halloumi are cooked, transfer them to a couple of small plates.
  4. Give the chilli oil a stir, spoon it over the cheese, then give a spritz of lemon. That's all there is to it.
  1. Mix the chopped chilli and olive oil in a small bowl or cup and leave the flavours to deepen while you cook the cheese.
  2. I use a non-stick frying pan for this, without any oil, and just give the cheese slices about 2 minutes a side until they're golden-brown in parts.
  3. When all the slices of halloumi are cooked, transfer them to a couple of small plates.
  4. Give the chilli oil a stir, spoon it over the cheese, then give a spritz of lemon. That's all there is to it.

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What 14 Others have said

  • Nigellissima is my favorite cooking show. Her roasted red onions are sinply devine, I am so happy to be getting her recipes daily. Thanks Nigella, we love you here at our home in Texas USA.

    Posted by tootsala on 21st February 2022
  • It tastes wonderful with Nigella's chilli jam

    Posted by rmaia on 21st February 2022
  • I remember seeing this suggestion on Nigella Bites back in the day, on Channel 4. To this day, it’s still one of my go to recipes from that book, together with the Lemon and Parmesan Risotto.

    Posted by IainMarley on 21st February 2022
  • Made this dozens of times. Delicious, delicious, delicious

    Posted by HennyT on 21st February 2022
  • I remember this from Nigella Bites! Love it!

    Posted by Chavaart on 17th May 2021
  • I made this for breakfast with eggs and it was wonderful, I didn't have a non stick pan so I used some olive oil and fried it in a cast iron pan, turned out great.

    Posted by SAMISAM on 15th February 2021
  • One of my favorites! I've been making it for years, of course, since I have all of Nigella's books. And I like to sprinkle chopped parsley over the dish for taste AND visual pleasure!

    Posted by PhylRoch on 12th February 2021
  • I think I’ll use my Lao Gan Ma Chili Crisp or a hot Sichuan chili oil with chili flakes.

    Posted by hollis517 on 12th February 2021
  • I scented the oil also with some lemon zest. Absolutely delicious!

    Posted by Trollo on 27th May 2020
  • Halloumi also freezes fabulously! being Cypriot I should know. If it’s not vacuum packed ,just wrap in grease proof paper + zip lock bag of some kind and place in freezer until needed

    Posted by mairi-a on 26th May 2020
  • This is yummy and my preferred topping to a burger (with some bacon jam and a splodge of Dijon mustard!)

    Posted by Bigpaulrobo on 16th May 2019
  • A huge favourite in our household. Hard to stop at one or two. So good!

    Posted by cjmr1960 on 30th November 2018
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